Another week of NBA betting action is in the books, and Bang the Book takes a look at the hot and the not from the week that was, sponsored by Sportsbook.com!
ATS Power Poll
1: Atlanta Hawks (30-16 ATS): Atlanta continues to pester Orlando for the lead in the Southeast Division, but its more important triumph of the week came against the Celtics. The Hawks swept the season series against the C’s and gave themselves a bit of a cushion over Boston in the event that they do win the division.
2: Oklahoma City Thunder (28-18-1 ATS): NBA gambling fans wouldn’t know that the Thunder went on a three-game losing skid over the L/2 weeks. They’ve stormed to a smoking hot 6-2-1 ATS mark in their L/9 games. Thank F Kevin Durant for Oklahoma City’s strong play. He’s posted at least 28 points in 12 straight games and hasn’t had a night in which he scored less than 25 since December 19th.
3: Utah Jazz (27-17-2 ATS): The Jazz are certainly the hottest team in the basketball wagering world right now, as they have won five straight and nine out of ten SU and are 8-1-1 ATS in that stretch as well. Just a few weeks ago, Utah was on the outside of the playoff picture. Now it is all the way up to #4 in the conference and is inching closer to the Nuggets for the lead in the Northwest.
ATS Power Outage
1: New Jersey Nets (16-30 ATS): Is it a good thing that the Nets have covered three straight things or a bad thing that they’re still the worst ATS team in the game? The countdown is on. ’72 Sixers, here we come!
2: Washington Wizards (17-27-2 ATS): Contrary to popular belief, the Wizards actually had a two-game winning streak in them again. On Monday, they’ll inevitably return to your regularly scheduled ineptness, as they’ll play host to the Celtics. Before beating the Knicks 106-96 on Saturday, Washington had failed to cover four straight.
3: Boston Celtics (18-26-1 ATS): What are the mighty Celtics doing on this list, might you ask? Maybe a very mediocre 13-8 record at Boston Garden has a little something to do about it. Even worse is their 6-14-1 ATS record at home, a stat that may get a lot worse with three home games in the upcoming week.
F Chris Bosh, Toronto Raptors: Even though Bosh could be traded from Toronto at any moment, he’s sure giving the Raptors everything that he can while he can. He went for 26 points and 15 boards against Indiana on Sunday, marking his fifth straight double-double. In that stretch, Dinos are 5-0 SU and ATS, and Bosh has averaged 24.2 points and 15.2 rebounds per game.
New York Knicks: How bad do you have to be to lose to both the Nets and T’Wolves in the same season? New York became just the second team in the NBA to pull off the feat when they were knocked off 112-91 in Minnesota on Sunday night. However, the first team to pull the accomplishment was the…
Los Angeles Clippers: Sometimes, you just have to try to play as poorly as the Clippers did this week. If we’re featuring “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” right now, LA was playing, “The Bad, The Worse, and The Disgraceful” this week. They started by losing at Minnesota by 16, followed that up by dropping to New Jersey by two touchdowns, and finished it all on Sunday by allowing 46 points in the first quarter against the Cavs.